Doctors with Vibrant Health are once again encouraging people to get outside and walk this fall.

The mission of Walk with a Doc (WWAD) is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country.

Doctors at Vibrant Health have taken it upon themselves to encourage people to get outside and walk for at least 30 minutes each day.

According to the American Heart Association, walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity and walking for as little as 30 minutes a day can have the following health benefits:

  • Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
  • Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
  • Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity
  • Enhance mental well-being
  • Improve blood lipid profile
  • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
  • Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer
  • Reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes

Dr. Greg Miller is the physician champion who will be spearheading this important and nationally-recognized “Walk with a Doc” program locally.

“I want to support our patients and our community and to make healthy lifestyle choices, and this is one of them. Get moving and finding a way to exercise that’s enjoyable,” said Dr. Miller.

Walking is low impact; easier on the joints than running. It is safe – with a doctor’s okay – for people with orthopedic ailments, heart conditions, and those who are more than 20% overweight. In addition, research has shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour of regular exercise! That quick stroll around the block seems a little more worthwhile, doesn’t it?

The “Walk with a Doc” events will begin following the Healthy Kids Running Series at Hoffman Park every Sunday of each month from 5:15p.m. -6:15p.m., beginning in September. The dates are:

  • September 17
  • September 24
  • October 1
  • October 8
  • October 15

Make walking a part of your fitness regimen. Join your doctor and other people looking to improve their health at the next Walk with a Doc (WWAD) event.

Check out the events on our calendar here (and RSVP to our Facebook events using the links inside the calendar)